Day 942: Siracusa

Cover for SiracusaNews flash! The Man Booker long list was announced today, and I have actually reviewed one of the books!

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Siracusa is a sometimes shocking story about a disastrous vacation in Italy. Two couples, linked by a friendship between the husband of one and the wife of the other, vacation together with one couple’s pre-teen daughter. The trip this year has been planned by Taylor except for a detour to Siracusa, Sicily, planned by Lizzie. The story alternates among the points of view of the four adults.

Lizzie’s voice seems the most reliable, but all of the adults are unreliable narrators for one reason or another. Lizzie, a writer, is deluded. She is in love with her husband Michael and does not know he is unfaithful. Michael, a formerly famous playwright who has been working on the same novel for years, is a liar who likes power games. He has been cheating on Lizzie with a waitress named Kathy.

Finn is a restaurant owner who smokes too much and is serially unfaithful. His wife Taylor is snobbish and shallow, and she is so overprotective of their 10-year-old daughter Snow that she talks for her. At some point, Taylor begins making a play for Michael, whom both she and Snow adore.

At Siracusa, a tragic chain of events begin when Kathy appears as a surprise for Michael and begins trying to maneuver him out of his marriage. It isn’t until then that Michael realizes he wants to stay with Lizzie.

link to NetgalleyThis novel is complex and interesting, with a shocking conclusion. I was rather freaked out by one of the characters from early in the novel, and my impressions turned out to be right. From starting out to be a fairly mundane story of relationships, this novel works up quite a bit of suspense.

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6 thoughts on “Day 942: Siracusa

  1. Cathy746books July 27, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    For once I’ve read one! A friend lent me Eileen when I was laid up with torn ligaments and I loved it!

    • whatmeread July 27, 2016 / 1:11 pm

      I read My Name is Lucy Barton, and I enjoyed that, too.

      • Cathy746books July 27, 2016 / 1:45 pm

        I’m tempted to get that one from the library as I have only heard great things.

      • whatmeread July 27, 2016 / 1:46 pm

        She’s excellent. It was very good, although I liked some of her others even more.

  2. Emily J. July 27, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    This sounds like a book I would really like! 😉

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